Echelon 2014 has again proved that its concept of Satellite events before the grand finale in Singapore is the best way to get credible startups on stage.
After three months roaming the Asia-Pacific region with 10 competitions to get the best of fast-growing countries (Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, India), the e27 team did a final selection of 10 top startups to watch out. These 10 startups then competed at the finale Launchpad event.
Check out the video below to see how the Launchpadders wowed the judges and the audience at Echelon 2014, which took place on June 10-11 in Singapore:
Most Promising Startup
The winner was education app Taamkru from Thailand. Taamkru plays on the shame of ‘tiger mothers’ who want to benchmark their kids’ performance. Yes, the game makes it fun to learn, and yes, it’s an incredibly Asian behaviour mimicking in a high-tech way. Congrats for an amazing stage performance as well.
People’s Choice Award
The People’s Choice Award (by popular vote on a dedicated app) went to Ambi Climate, an internet of things hardware item made in Hong Kong which learns from you how to adapt your air-con flow, solving again a very Asian issue. Since I’ve met Julian (Founder) and his team, I can’t touch the remote control or my AC without thinking of them.
Global Brain Award
The award provided by the Global Brain Foundation went to iChef, a B2B app from Taiwan for restaurants and food managers to help them better manage the flow of clients, orders, and invoice, while also helping the queue management of venues and stocks. Again, the whole team from Taiwan made an energetic show, while not forgetting the main topic.
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iCHEF is an intuitive and effective multiple-terminal iPad-based POS system designed by restaurant owner for restaurant owners, iCHEF will make your restaurants have less hassles and more customers.
5.6M Series A Investors:
Taamkru is well-known for its eponymous website and smartphone app that allows kindergarten children to learn, while parents monitor their learning progress against peers in different countries.
620K Seed Investors:
Red Dot Ventures
Ambi LabsHong Kong
Ambi Labs is a Hong Kong based startup changing the way Asian consumers interact with household appliances. Ambi Labs brings a unique perspective with over 2 years of Asia-based user research.